Laherte Frères | A little-known Champagne gem

This old and modest domain produces a magnificent range of champagnes that express their terroir with lovely personality.

The Laherte family domain was founded in 1889 by Jean-Baptiste Laherte near to Epernay in Chavost (now Chavot). This is when most of the vines were first planted. The vineyard was gradually extended until today’s 11.7 hectares on the Côte de Blancs (Vertus and Voipreux, Chardonnay premier cru), the southern slopes of Epernay (Chavot, Epernay, Vaudancourt, Moussy, Mancy) and the Marne valley (Le Breuil and Boursault in Meunier).

Most of the grape varietals grown here are Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, whilst Pinot Noir covers just one hectare. The vines are a product of massal selection from older vines. The soils are ploughed, the cuvées are produced parcel-by-parcel, and the maturation process is perfectly mastered. Work in the vineyards and in the winery is as natural and traditional as possible. The wines are matured in wood, with the containers chosen on the basis of the different parcels.

Thierry Laherte and his son Aurélien – the domain’s 6th and 7th generations – now run the property together, producing beautiful terroir champagnes that are flavourful with a strong personality. They have a lovely freshness, often without malolactic fermentation. A superb domain that seasoned wine enthusiasts have already spotted…

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